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Old 02-29-20, 11:44 AM
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Don't wash your jeans?

I always put on YouTube going to bed and just let it run. About half asleep last night and I recall hearing the host of one of the random videos discussing with his guest that he never washes his jeans. I recall him saying that the specific pair he has on at the time were five years old and had never been washed. His recommends in discussing it were that the washer typically wears your jeans out more than you do, shrinks them, fades them, etc.
Cool, so I understand WHY you don't wash them but to me it seems a very obvious missed subject should be addressed.

If you aren't washing them, how are you cleaning them?

I can only imagine that this individual uses his jeans in a far different manner than I.
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Old 02-29-20, 11:55 AM
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After 5 days they start to grow to you’re skin I buy them slightly too big then wash them so they fit good. Not into the skinny jean thing I want my stuff to breathe that is why belts are made. We had a beer bar b q cookout a few weeks ago and the skinny jeans guy was given an intervention like that A&E show. If we were all 20 it would be ok but at 50+ just NO. That’s just downright gross nobody wants to see grandpa in skinny jeans. His wife took some responsibility for this fashion taboo but she agreed the jeans had to go. It was good natured fun we all laughed half to death so it was a good time.
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I'm of the Levi's 501 generation (ok boomer?) where you had to buy your 501s 2 inches too big and wash them to shrink them down. Actually washed them a few times initially to get a slight fade in them before wearing in public.
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Don't wash your jeans? Jeez, that's going to smell after a while.

Maybe people dry clean their high end jeans?

My plain Wranglers get tossed in the washer and dryer. They start too loose to notice that they shrink, and they need washing because of the grease, oil, dirt, grime, and sweat I get on them.
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I'm of the Levi's 501 generation (ok boomer?) where you had to buy your 501s 2 inches too big and wash them to shrink them down. Actually washed them a few times initially to get a slight fade in them before wearing in public.
Man I sure miss being able to put on a set of 501 button flies. As of late I am much more like the 550 relaxed fit.
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I've heard of people never washing jeans, freezing their jeans instead of washing them, just drying them, etc. I read a study that bacteria amounts level off after a few days of usage and really don't increase to a dangerous amount, but I think these people are deluding themselves into thinking they don't smell. I cannot imagine a life where none of my activities actually gets my clothes dirty.

That said, I'll wear jeans or cotton duck pants/bibs for weeks at a time at work as long as they haven't been doused in chemicals.
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Old 02-29-20, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
Man I sure miss being able to put on a set of 501 button flies. As of late I am much more like the 550 relaxed fit.
My much younger days I wore 501s today it’s the 505s feel much better.
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^ I agree in that I seldom wash my jeans after every wear. In my own case I almost never wear them any more. My prosthesis blows the knee out in short order. I will typically wear them three or four times or until they get something dropped on them, etc. And yes, after a while they get a "human" odor about them and just not sure if they are ignoring that aspect or doing something to circumvent it.
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
Man I sure miss being able to put on a set of 501 button flies. As of late I am much more like the 550 relaxed fit.
I can still wear my old 501s. I'm very proud of that.
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Old 02-29-20, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
I can still wear my old 501s. I'm very proud of that.

My build significantly changed shortly after high school. Even then I still rode bikes a lot and worked in construction up and down a ladder all day. By the time I reached young to mid 20's my thighs wouldn't fit right any more. I swapped over to a more relaxed fit then and never looked back.
I went into the store back before Christmas looking for a set of Levis in a specific number generation. The clerk looked at me like I was crazy. I come to find out later that hadn't made those in at least 10 years. Probably half the clerks life.
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I buy jeans made of pre-washed denim. Only when needed, to reduce my frequency of washing and especially water use, i use a spot cleaner and wash in cold water on delicate setting with the jeans turned inside out and hang to dry…geez…it’s not that hard!!!!
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Something called "the freezer method???"
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For the same reason I was never tempted to grow dreads...

Wash jeans in cold water--in a front loader (no old school agitator!)
Line-dry only.
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I can't speak for blue jeans, but I never wash my bike shorts. I ride through bad neighborhoods, secure in the knowledge that the peculiar smell given off by my shorts will repel potential muggers.
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Old 02-29-20, 03:16 PM
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Someone who has an office job, never sweats in their jeans and never does any work around the house in jeans might be able to get away with never washing them. If you do anything similar to work in your jeans, they are going to need to be washed or they will be gross.
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I wear 36s, the 38s are just more comfortable...
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I wash mine once in a while, maybe once a month, but I don't wear them all day long and don't do a lot of heavy, dirty work in them (I got other pants for that). I stopped wearing Levi's when the price hit $45-$50/pair; I've got a relative who works for Kohls and can get me their house brand for about $15/pair.
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Woven dyed cotton (denim) isn't exactly an exotic material and has been popular for over 2 centuries. No one is going to notice the fit and finish of never washed jeans vs any other on someone because they are so common, they will notice the dirt and smell. Since it is a natural fiber, even sitting around in your house unworn it will absorb oders.
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I think it goes back to when we were kids...we played all day, came home, bathed...maybe...got up and just yanked those jeans right back on and back out the door! Oh. The jeans had to be at least one size to big...you didn’t go shopping, your parents, mom went shopping and got a close size, you’d grow into them...soon!
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
I'm of the Levi's 501 generation (ok boomer?) where you had to buy your 501s 2 inches too big and wash them to shrink them down. Actually washed them a few times initially to get a slight fade in them before wearing in public.
Also, rips and tears are only acceptable if they occurred during normal use.
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Also, rips and tears are only acceptable if they occurred during normal use.
Back in the day, my momma would fix holes in the knees with iron-on patches.

Anyone else here grow up wearing Sears Toughskins?
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After 5 days they start to grow to you’re skin I buy them slightly too big then wash them so they fit good. Not into the skinny jean thing I want my stuff to breathe that is why belts are made. We had a beer bar b q cookout a few weeks ago and the skinny jeans guy was given an intervention like that A&E show. If we were all 20 it would be ok but at 50+ just NO. That’s just downright gross nobody wants to see grandpa in skinny jeans. His wife took some responsibility for this fashion taboo but she agreed the jeans had to go. It was good natured fun we all laughed half to death so it was a good time.
Sounds to me like you did a public service. Your community should thank you ...

Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
My plain Wranglers get tossed in the washer and dryer. They start too loose to notice that they shrink, and they need washing because of the grease, oil, dirt, grime, and sweat I get on them.
Pretty much the same as my Wranglers.

I cant' imagine not washing them, that would be gross, plus they get stretched out and need reshrinking ...
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After 5 days they start to grow to you’re skin I buy them slightly too big then wash them so they fit good. Not into the skinny jean thing I want my stuff to breathe that is why belts are made. We had a beer bar b q cookout a few weeks ago and the skinny jeans guy was given an intervention like that A&E show. If we were all 20 it would be ok but at 50+ just NO. That’s just downright gross nobody wants to see grandpa in skinny jeans. His wife took some responsibility for this fashion taboo but she agreed the jeans had to go. It was good natured fun we all laughed half to death so it was a good time.
"Dude! You look so badass in those skinny jeans!" said no one, ever.
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Back in the day, my momma would fix holes in the knees with iron-on patches.

Anyone else here grow up wearing Sears Toughskins?
Yup had Toughskins One poor kid showed up when we were freshmen in HS and he got crucified for wearing Toughskins he should have known better.
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
Back in the day, my momma would fix holes in the knees with iron-on patches.

Anyone else here grow up wearing Sears Toughskins?
Yeah, up to middle school. Those things took months before the stiffness went away. I'm old enough to remember Garanimals too.
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